All my bags are packed, the car is washed (thanks Penny) and the Don is ready to rumble for Cheltenham 2014.
I shall drive over tonight and get settled then tomorrow I will go to the course, take it all in and have a look at the ground.
I cannot believe that Simon Claisse the ever more ludicrous Clerk of the course is even considering watering, shame on him the underlying ground is wet and so what if we have good ground, it’s safe.
This is the biggest four days of our whole year and should be left as nature intended it, a true level playing field. One thing I must agree with Simon Holden on Betfan.com/tv is that drying ground will open things up and not suit the Irish raiders. Although I have to say after last weeks ghastly brown suit that he has paraded round racecourses all Summer that many had prayed had gone to a museum he turned up on Friday looking like the leader of the pack!
It’s great that BetFan are descending on Cheltenham for the week and everyone’s column should be interesting, so new territory for Andy Bells diary then! Dear oh dear you pray for February then at least he will have less days to write about.
He seems to be obsessed with quoting Churchill doesn’t he, well all the Don can say is I hope he has insurance for the five grand he is about to drop Oh yes yes yes.
Well the time for talking is nearly over and though it’s through gritted teeth I must admit Mr Bell is a worthy adversary but my Dad always taught me the wise man only takes on battles he knows he can win and I can assure you all by next Friday this will be settled in the Don’s favour. I’ve never felt calmer going into any Festival and I’m ready for any eventuality which I believe will be key.
Congratulations to Betfan for getting it on they tell me you have responded incredibly which is great, this will be every race, every day so if you aren’t in already get in because I’m told the price will go up by £10 at around midnight tonight so don’t delay.
Thank you for all your kind words about Pass the Hat last Sunday who landed the honours in style didn’t it under a great positive ride. My private members were on at 8 am last Sunday morning which is another advantage to joining me. That’s done so lets have another Sunday crackerjack for you all.
We are going to Market Rasen and the Don likes one in the 4.10 in the shape of Jonjo O’Neils Abnaki ridden by Maurice Linehan. Lets describe this horse as quirky and capable of running the odd stinker but I reckon he is now back down to a lovely racing weight and could just be about to return to form. We recently called one correctly from this yard at this course and I think young Maurice can win this. Back Abnaki at 10/1 each way with Betvictor because off just 3 pounds lower he has won before and off the likely fast gallop Maurice can pick them of late.
Right Bells had his say I’ve had mine now it’s time for the talking to stop and the biggest Cheltenham any of us have ever had to start! I’m ready, make sure you are, this really is Showtime and though after all we’ve been through in eighteen months I shouldn’t have to say it I will though… Trust In The Don!!!!!!!!
Back next Sunday.
The Gambling Don